Dr Malcolm MacLean, BA, MA, PhD

Dr Malcolm MacLean, BA, MA, PhD Image

University of Gibraltar:

Senior Research Associate
PhD Supervisor
Health & Sport Sciences
Research & Research Degrees Committee

Research Background

Dr Malcolm MacLean has nearly 30 years’ experience in higher education in the UK, New Zealand and Australia, as well as working for a time as an historian, supporting policy development in the New Zealand government. He is based in the Doctoral College at the University of Wales Trinity St David, working principally on doctoral supervisor training and development. He was previously Reader in School of Sport and Exercise at the University of Gloucestershire, acting as Research Degrees Lead in several Schools, and was for 12 years as Chair of the University’s Research Ethics Committee, and Lead for Research Integrity. He was previously the University’s Associate Dean Quality and Standards.

An historian by training and with degrees in anthropology and sociology, his research deals with social movements, international coercive policy instruments including cultural boycotts and sanctions and post- and de-colonial cultures. He is a former Chair of the British Society for Sports History and holds leadership posts in sports history scholarly societies in North America and internationally. He has expertise in qualitative research design, research ethics and integrity.

Dr Malcolm MacLean is Honorary Associate Professor in the School of Human Movement Studies at The University of Queensland, Research Fellow in the International Centre for the History and Culture of Sport at De Montfort University and Senior Research Associate at the University of Gibraltar. For ten years until June 2016, Dr MacLean split his time between a senior academic and research post and senior academic leadership posts in Registry initially as head of taught post graduate studies, and then as lead for academic and assessment procedures.

Dr MacLean’s academic career has drawn on his studies in anthropology, history and historical sociology feeding an awareness of relations of institutional and structural power. He has considerable experience in higher education governance and leadership alongside a continuing academic appointment including a role as university lead for research ethics and integrity.

Research Interests

Dr Malcolm MacLean is an experienced academic researcher with engagements across a range of social science and humanities disciplines. His work focuses on historical and contemporary patterns and discourses of power that define sport, play and leisure, locating sport in a wider network of cultural meaning and cultural industries, with an emphasis on colonial relationships. Dr MacLean has a particular expertise in research design, application and impact, and in research ethics and integrity. Alongside this he remains actively involved in community activities on workers’ rights in the fashion and textile industries.

Research Ethics / Historical Analysis / Textual Criticism / Social Theory / Cultural Studies / Anthropological Theory / Gender Studies / Postcolonialism / Colonialism

Selected Publications

MacLean, M. (2019). ‘Settler colonialism and the decolonisation of sociology’. British Sociological Association Study Group on Postcolonial and Decolonial Transformations, London.

MacLean, M. (2019).Rethinking settler colonial rugby: problematizing sport through a decolonial lens. North American Society for the History of Sport.

MacLean, M.  (2019). Theorising sports boycotts: a provisional view from South Africa. Global Histories: Sport and Apartheid South Africa. Penn State University, State College, Pennsylvania.

MacLean, M. (2019). Boycotting Apartheid Sport. Historical Association. Gloucestershire.

MacLean, M. (2019). Engaging (with) Indigeneity: Decolonization and Indigenous/Indigenizing Sport History.  Journal of Sport History 46. 2. 189-207.

MacLean, M. & Field,. (2014). Performing nations, disrupting states: sporting identities in nations without states. National Identities. 16. DOI: 10.1080/14608944.2014.930427. []

 MacLean, M. (2014). Truth and Reality in Screening Sports’ Pasts: Sports Films, Public History, and Truthfulness. Journal of Sport History. 41. 47-54.

 MacLean, M. (2014). (Re)Occupying a Cultural Commons: reclaiming the labour process in critical sports studies. Sport in Society. DOI:  10.1080/17430437.2014.849449. []

 MacLean, M. (2013). A Gap but Not an Absence: Clubs and Sports Historiography. International Journal of the History of Sport. 30. 1687-1698. DOI: 10.1080/09523367.2013.831346. []

 MacLean, M. _2014). Revisiting (and revising?) sports boycotts: from rugby against South Africa to soccer in Israel’ International Journal of the History of Sport. 31. 5. 1832-51. []

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